AND THEN THERE WERE FOUR: GOLD COAST GIRL TARA BRINGS IT HOME ON THE BACHELOR
You should spot some familiar scenery if you tune into The Bachelor tonight. Our girl Tara Pavlovic has reached the final four in the race for romance and is bringing it home, and by “it” we mean the Bachelor himself, Matty J.
“I never thought I’d make it to the home visits, no way,” she laughs.
“I didn’t think I’d make it past the first few weeks. It’d be a bit weird to even think, ‘Oh yeah I’ll definitely make it to this stage (home visits).’ I think expect the worst rather than prepare for the best.”
It seems to be working for the career nanny so far, who thought she’d be better suited to a hard yakka, blue-collar man who enjoys a Bunnings snag and Milton mango.
“I’m confident in myself, in my personality, but I wasn’t too confident in how my personality matched with Matty’s personality,” she says.
“Maybe if the Bachelor was a bogan tradie I’d feel more confident.
“I’d definitely see myself go to hometown visits if that was the case.
“He’s a full proper Bondi marketing professional. He’s legit. As if he’s going to pick me, simple Tara. I’m stoked I’m still here.”
Tonight you can watch as Tara takes Matty to one of our city’s landmark theme parks, which was closed to the public for filming, because as Tara jokes: “Matty J wait in a line? I don’t think so.”
“I organised the date for him, I took him to a theme park,” she says.
“Theme parks are my favourite thing, I may have only recently moved to the Gold Coast but every time I came here I’d look forward to the theme parks the most.
“Because he’s always going on about wanting someone who’s adventurous … I knew he’d be fine.
“But I don’t think he thought I’d like theme parks, I think he was surprised.”
Tara is a relatively fresh GC girl, only moving here in February. But luckily, she’s got some family here too who will host family time – two sisters, their husbands, their children and Tara’s brother.
Tara says they’re a lot like her in the sense that they’re non-judgemental and warm.
“My family are so chill I wasn’t worried at all about them not liking him,” she says.
“They give everyone the time of day.
“They might form judgements in their own mind but no matter what they’d welcome him with open arms.
“I wasn’t worried about them embarrassing me at all, they’re legends, they wouldn’t do anything to embarrass me on purpose or accidentally either.
“I wasn’t worried at all really, I didn’t do too much worrying on the show.
“I just went with the flow every day – whatever’s meant to be will be.”
The home visits signify the pointy end of the season, and they’re also the point when the public begins theorising over who the next season’s star might be.
The promos for Gold Coast girl Sophie Monk’s Bachelorette season have already begun, but could we have two in a row?
Tara says she wouldn’t say no, but would like to see that the contestants are better cared for if she were in Matty’s position.
“I would ask for more information and see exactly how it works,” she says. “There are a few things I’d want to chat about, about how it’s run.
“A lot of the girls struggled emotionally and I think there could have been ways to help girls not struggle as much.
“I wouldn’t want to be the catalyst of people struggling for my own gain.
“I think they could make it emotionally easier for people.”
The Bachelor continues tonight at 7.30pm on Channel 10
I MAY HAVE ONLY RECENTLY MOVED TO THE GOLD COAST BUT EVERY TIME I CAME HERE I’D LOOK FORWARD TO THE THEME PARKS THE MOST
Tara Pavlovic takes time out at The Star Gold Coast. Picture: Richard Gosling